To win on ecommerce marketplaces, brands need to maintain strong year-over-year revenue growth. But without a holistic view of their current ecommerce health, they’ll never know the blockers stopping them from reaching their full revenue growth potential.
To help brands capitalize on missed revenue growth opportunities and understand the full picture, Pattern’s data analysts developed a rating index called the Marketplace Performance Score™, or MPS™. MPS is a standard brands can use to take a holistic approach at analyzing their marketplace revenue performance based on three strategic drivers:
MPS: Traffic X Conversion X Price = Revenue Growth
If you are looking to take a holistic approach to your marketplace ecommerce strategy and revenue results, MPS can help you accurately and quickly gauge your ecommerce performance.
MPS is the standard executives use to benchmark their revenue potential and competitive position on ecommerce marketplaces around the world. Pattern’s data scientists developed the MPS score based on key revenue drivers of the fastest growing brands on marketplaces around the world.
This MPS Benchmark Report takes a look at a sample of 10 Hiking Shoe brands on Amazon.
We analyzed 10 Hiking Shoe brands by Marketplace Performance Score (MPS) on Amazon. Here are the results.
To determine MPS, we analyze a variety of metrics related to traffic, conversion, and price to determine individual subscores that then tally into the total MPS score. Here’s a breakdown of the Amazon Hiking Shoe MPS scores by traffic, conversion, and price.
The top three Traffic MPS scores in this sample for Hiking Shoe brands on Amazon are:
Traffic is the first strategic lever to drive revenue on marketplaces. The MPS score on traffic breaks it into three key areas:
Paid Traffic takes into account advertising efforts—analyzing the keyword strategy, ad program(s), and ad tactics being leveraged. Organic Traffic looks at how well the brand is currently capturing organic traffic in the category and the potential to grow organically vs. its upside for organic growth. Marketplace Coverage refers to how many global marketplaces (Amazon, eBay, Walmart, etc.) the brand’s products are being sold in. The more marketplace coverage, the higher the score.
We break down a sample of 10 brands for Hiking Shoes on Amazon in each of these categories in our full report.
The top three Conversion MPS scores for this sample of Hiking Shoe brands on Amazon are:
Conversion is the second strategic lever to drive revenue on marketplaces. The MPS score on conversion breaks it into five key areas:
Listing Titles, Bullets, and Descriptions looks at the degree to which the brand is utilizing best practices on its products pages in titles, bullet points, and descriptions. Images and Videos looks at how well the brand is using quality and optimized images and videos to help convey product features and benefits.
Content is how well the brand is conveying its voice and branding across the marketplace (e.g. Amazon A+ Content, branded storefront page, etc.). Ratings & Reviews explores how well the brand’s products are being accepted by marketplace shoppers according to ratings and reviews.
Competitiveness examines the use of effective promotional elements on the product such as the Amazon Prime badge, sponsored listings, coupons, Best Seller or Amazon’s Choice badges, Subscribe & Save, etc.
We break down a sample of 10 brands for Hiking Shoes on Amazon in each of these categories in our full report.
The top three Price MPS scores in this sample for Hiking Shoe brands on Amazon are:
Pricing is the third strategic lever to drive revenue on marketplaces. The MPS score on pricing breaks it into four key areas:
Channel Conflict compares marketplace prices to other ecommerce marketplaces and websites to assess the perceived risk of channel conflict occurring between the brand’s retail partners. The higher the score, the less the likelihood of Amazon undercutting the brand’s retail partners on other platforms and sales channels. We compare our samples of 10 Hiking Shoe Brands on this key metric in our full report.
Number of Sellers looks at how many unique sellers are selling the brand’s products. The fewer the sellers, the higher the score. Too many sellers incentivizes price erosion to increase individual sales attribution, which negatively impacts brand integrity and negates advertising efforts (artificially inflating bids, etc.).
Product Compliance looks at the marketplace price of the brand—how stable prices are kept and how frequently prices change. Price drops may increase short-term sales, but negatively impact long-term sales potential.
Cross-Channel Consistency is the level of price consistency across ecommerce marketplaces and D2C websites.
There you have it—the MPS Benchmark Report for a 10-brand sample in the Hiking Shoes category on Amazon for 2021. In this small sampling of the full MPS report, we demonstrated how overall MPS rankings for traffic, conversion, and price play into revenue driving ability.
In the full MPS benchmark report, we give individual scores for each brand in our sample, breaking down traffic, conversion, and price on a more granular level, as well as providing more comparative statistics about each score. To read the detailed benchmark report, download it here.
If your brand was featured in our report and you would like more information, reach out to us at email@example.com. If your brand wasn’t featured but you would like to know what your Marketplace Performance Score is, request one here.
Our MPS methodology helps brands quickly identify strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in their revenue growth on ecommerce marketplaces. With a simple score of 1-10, you can see how your brand stacks up against the competition in your respective category. The higher the MPS score, the more revenue you’ll generate on an ecommerce marketplace.
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Entering the ecommerce landscape is a huge undertaking for any brand—it usually requires a large investment in resources and expertise to really be successful. Any brand can quickly get in over their heads trying to navigate the nuances of SEO, fulfillment and logistics, distribution control, listing optimization, and meeting the numerous other requirements and administrative tasks to show up well on marketplaces.
Unfortunately, because it’s so easy for third party, gray market, and unauthorized sellers to obtain and sell products online, many brands find themselves pressured to execute an ecommerce plan without the right resources to succeed on marketplaces and their other channels.
So, for brands looking to enter the ecommerce space or improve their current and future performance, it makes sense to partner with an ecommerce consultant.
Pattern’s global presence and proven success with hundreds of brands has allowed us to develop highly effective ecommerce consulting services. We can guide your brand to navigate issues both large and small in marketplaces worldwide. To maximize your ecommerce efforts, you’ll need to understand what an ecommerce consultant does and how to select one who drives the right value for your brand and products.
An ecommerce consultant is a specialist in the ecommerce space who can give you personalized guidance on how to market your products and grow their presence on digital marketplaces.
An ecommerce consultant should be able to analyze your brand, audience, category, opportunity, and current roadblocks and help you understand how to utilize your resources (or what resources are missing) to be most effective in capturing your opportunities in the ecommerce space.
Not sure how to evaluate a consultant? Here are 4 key attributes to look for as you make your choice.
At Pattern, we prioritize brand obsession for a reason—we know that a brand-centered mindset makes a crucial difference in the outcomes and results our partners achieve. So in our experience, when you begin your search for an ecommerce consultant, it’s important to look for a partner who is specialized in ecommerce, invested in the product, and passionate about helping brands build and improve their strategies. Typically, this means finding someone that consults exclusively for ecommerce marketplaces, rather than choosing a consultant who offers many different services.
It’s also important to avoid choosing a consulting partner who can’t deliver the right experience for your brand. The best indication of whether your potential consultant can do that is to review their history, data, and results with other brands. Ask if they’ve helped others in your selling category, if they’ve solved specific issues your brand is facing, and why they feel you are a good fit. The key is to leave the conversation feeling confident that you understand your consultants’ capabilities and whether or not they match up with your needs.
It’s best to pick a consultant who knows how to guide a brand onto and through multiple marketplaces worldwide. You’ll want to take a look at your long-term strategy and think about the regions and platforms you’re currently on and where you might want to take your brand in the future. If your consultant is truly great at what they do, they’ll be able to help you perform well enough with your current product roadmap that it’ll be a no-brainer to expand your presence at the right time.
The most effective partnership with an ecommerce consultant will be able to give you both recommendations and point you to solutions for making those changes in your planning, processes, and execution. Your time and money is valuable, so you want to make sure that you’re spending it as efficiently as possible as you follow your consultant’s advice. So, before you commit to an ecommerce consultant, ask about the resources and concrete solutions they typically recommend to the brands they work with.
Finding an ecommerce consultant that checks the boxes can be a difficult task. At Pattern, our entire focus and drive centers around giving brands the tools and resources they need to succeed on domestic and international ecommerce marketplaces.
With over 100 global ecommerce consultants across 10 global offices, we have the right tools to partner with brands across the world to achieve better ecommerce success. We give specialized advice, then make sure our partners have all the adequate SEO, social media, CRM, Amazon multi-channel fulfillment services, and ecommerce outsourcing services they need.
Interested in ecommerce consulting services? Set up a call here to learn what Pattern can do for your brand on global marketplaces.
If you’re interested in expanding your brand internationally, you’re probably familiar with Tmall. Tmall is Asia-Pacific’s (APAC) largest marketplace, and indisputably the biggest ecommerce powerhouse in the world. It represents a huge opportunity for many brands, but entering the space is also a big challenge to take on.
At Pattern, we recommend brands looking to enter international markets should first focus on dialing in their domestic presence. Once you’re satisfied that your brand is well-represented and optimized locally, you’re ready to think about tackling new regions, like APAC, and launching on marketplaces like Tmall. Our top advice for entering Tmall is to understand and strategize around its three most important metrics: service, delivery, and content.
Service, delivery, and content ratings are the three elements that make up Tmall’s Detailed Seller Rating (DSR) score. Each component is scored on a scale of 1-5 that is displayed publicly on your brand’s Tmall flagship store page. This is meant to help consumers decide whether or not to purchase your products.
DSR scores are important because they’re highly influential in driving conversions—customers see DSRs as a way to quickly understand if a brand is trustworthy and worth buying from. They also matter quite a bit to Tmall itself—they monitor these scores and will take action to close flagship stores with low scores.
Let’s go over each element of the DSR score and some steps you’ll need to take to achieve high ratings.
Service is a huge ecommerce component in APAC marketplaces. In most other regions, product listings are static, and consumers use content and reviews to make a decision about what to purchase. On Tmall, consumers want to interact with your brand and test its validity before buying—each transaction takes at least one human interaction to convert.
So, to get a great service rating, you’ll need to have a large, established customer service team dedicated to Tmall sales that can offer real, human touchpoints and very fast response times. To get an idea of the speed your agents should be capable of producing, in our Tmall benchmarking exercise, 92.5% of brands’ customer service agents replied to queries via live chat within 30 seconds, 5% replied within one minute and the remaining 2.5% of brands took longer than a minute. So, look for a Trade Partner (TP) that has enough resources to compete with those numbers, support your sales, and maintain a good DSR score.
Another thing you’ll really want to focus on is a high-quality delivery experience for consumers. As in other regions around the world, Tmall consumers have high expectations for their delivery experience. In our Chinese consumer polling report that targeted consumers buying from Tmall Global, we found that 6% expected same-day delivery, 15% expected next-day delivery, and 46% expected 2-5 day delivery.They want to receive their products fast and they want the products to be undamaged and pristine upon arrival.
So, to achieve a high score for your delivery capabilities, we highly recommend partnering with a TP or ecommerce accelerator like Pattern (which serves as a TP) who has the ability to facilitate your distribution. Make sure your TP has the right infrastructure in place to support high-quality logistics experiences for all of your consumers—they should have an established, well-oiled delivery process in place and the capability to fluidly add you to their current fulfillment system.
As in every digital marketplace, content is a huge component of the decision-making process for consumers on Tmall—they can’t touch your product with their hands or see it in person before buying, so it’s important they’re empowered to make a good decision on whether or not to purchase based on the videos, images, and copy.
The goal is to make all of the content and relevant information on your flagship site easily-accessible—consumers should be able to visit your page and make a decision about whether or not to buy without navigating to a new site/page and taking their conversions with them. Images with text and extensive product details are a great way to do this, as well as making sure your service team can speak to all aspects of your product with any consumers (via text or chat).
As the world’s foremost brand partner for ecommerce acceleration, Pattern truly understands the significance of international expansion. With regional offices around the world, Pattern knows how to successfully launch and grow brands on Tmall and other marketplaces, with the data, insights, and marketplace intelligence to build the metrics that matter.
It’s important to have a fantastic brand presence, a knowledgeable guide, and a clear go-forward strategy for your best chance at success. With our in-country resources, expert teams, and extensive experience in growing brands around the globe, Pattern can help you get there.
Set up a call to get your international expansion strategy in motion.